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Syria's warring sides brace for fresh peace talks

Published on Feb 10, 2014 9:20 AM
 
A civilian in a wheel chair is aided by an armed man ahead of being evacuated by United Nations (UN) staff, from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs to a safer location, on Feb 9, 2014. Syria's warring sides headed on Monday into a new round of UN-brokered peace talks, 10 days after a debut session managed little beyond a pledge on evacuating civilians from the besieged city of Homs. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - Syria's warring sides headed on Monday into a new round of UN-brokered peace talks, 10 days after a debut session managed little beyond a pledge on evacuating civilians from the besieged city of Homs.

After government and opposition delegates arrived at their Geneva hotels on Sunday, they held separate closed-door meetings with UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi.

The Algerian veteran peacemaker, who in late January brought the two sides to the table for the first time since the war began in 2011, was scheduled to hold talks with the opposition at 10:00am (0900 GMT) on Monday.

Then at 11:30, he was to meet with the government delegation, helmed by Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, who was also in charge of the regime's team in the first round.

 
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